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house Bill H.R. 4197

Should Special Counsels’ Staff be Prohibited From Making Political Donations?

Argument in favor

Special counsels’ staff should be impartial and non-partisan — restricting their political donations is reasonable. Furthermore, restricting special counsels’ staffers from employment in the executive branch or DOJ positions they did not previously hold removes Presidents’ abilities to bribe or influence these individuals by offering them future employment.

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08/14/2018
Of course, because ALL political contributions should be made illegal. Not one penny to any political party, candidate, incumbent, PAC, no one. Every campaign should be run through government supported platforms. A government website with each candidates biography and CV, every radio and television channel with a public license to broadcast must publish that bio and CV for the entire campaign season, every newspaper required to publish that bio and CV. No corrupt money grubbing politicians selling favors for support, no being inundated with smear ads and mud slinging, no phone calls begging for more and more money. It would be a dream come true for so many reasons!
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James's Opinion
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08/14/2018
Get money out of politics entirely. Contributions of any kind bias politicians away from representing their constituents and towards repaying favors.
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Mart's Opinion
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08/14/2018
How can they and remain unbiased. And that should go for immediate family as well.
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Argument opposed

It is overly strict to require special counsels’ staffers to not have made political contributions for eight years prior to beginning their employment with a special counsel. This requirement could disqualify the best candidates from working for a special counsel or deter others from considering employment with a special counsel who could’ve qualified.

Cynthia's Opinion
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08/14/2018
This is the United States of America. ALL citizens have INDIVIDUAL rights and freedom to support their political views with their donations. In fact, it’s just plain WEIRD that this country is now treating corporations better than individuals when it comes to this. Are we moving toward fascism and oligarchy?
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Dicr's Opinion
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08/14/2018
So we can tell people they can’t favor a candidate but big money can still buy elections? Where is the common sense?
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John's Opinion
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08/14/2018
This is more Repugnacant bullshit to try to discredit the Mueller investigation and the people involved in it. Would that the Repugnacants would spend as much time and effort on fixing the country’s problems and less time on propping up a petty wanna-be dictator. Trumpanzees should remember that their oath of office is to the Constitution, not the Fascist/Republicant Party!
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    Of course, because ALL political contributions should be made illegal. Not one penny to any political party, candidate, incumbent, PAC, no one. Every campaign should be run through government supported platforms. A government website with each candidates biography and CV, every radio and television channel with a public license to broadcast must publish that bio and CV for the entire campaign season, every newspaper required to publish that bio and CV. No corrupt money grubbing politicians selling favors for support, no being inundated with smear ads and mud slinging, no phone calls begging for more and more money. It would be a dream come true for so many reasons!
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    This is the United States of America. ALL citizens have INDIVIDUAL rights and freedom to support their political views with their donations. In fact, it’s just plain WEIRD that this country is now treating corporations better than individuals when it comes to this. Are we moving toward fascism and oligarchy?
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    So we can tell people they can’t favor a candidate but big money can still buy elections? Where is the common sense?
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    This is more Repugnacant bullshit to try to discredit the Mueller investigation and the people involved in it. Would that the Repugnacants would spend as much time and effort on fixing the country’s problems and less time on propping up a petty wanna-be dictator. Trumpanzees should remember that their oath of office is to the Constitution, not the Fascist/Republicant Party!
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    Telling a person who they can and can’t donate money to is a infraction on those individuals own civil liberties.
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    How about we make these rules for the lobbyists first? How about we make these laws for elected officials first? How about we deal with real corruption first? How about we overturn Citizens United?
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    Until Citizens United is overturned, this proposed law is unconstitutional.
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    Get money out of politics entirely. Contributions of any kind bias politicians away from representing their constituents and towards repaying favors.
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    How can they and remain unbiased. And that should go for immediate family as well.
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    As long as it the INDIVIDUAL making the donation of their money and not ordered to or using government money to do it then there is no problem. THIS IS STILL THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA despite the Manchurian and his third reich administration’s attempts to change are country for the worst. Individuals have a right to vote and make donations they are still citizens!
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    If corporations are people and have a first amendment right to donate to political parties and politicians, I don't see how we can deny the same first amendment protection to any citizens.
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    There is no rule where a person's private right to donate to a candidate should be infringed upon. I like to think that adults are responsible enough to carry out their Duty without their politics playing a part, and I'm not willing to violate someone's rights over my fear that that's not the case. Personally, I think people should be allowed to tweet what they want to as well, at least when it comes to political affiliation.
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    H.R.4197 SPECIAL COUNSEL LIMITATIONS I’m in strong support and recommend the passage of the House bill H.R. 4197 AKA “SPECIAL COUNSEL LIMITATIONS”which would place limitations on potential staffers for special counsels, and also place limitations on the types of federal employment that a special counsel’s staffers may hold after leaving the office of a special counsel. To work on the staff of a special counsel, or advise a special counsel, an individual could not make contributions to political candidates or political parties while employed by the special counsel. Before being hired to the staff of a special counsel, an individual would have to sign a statement that they haven’t made a contribution to a political candidate or party within an eight-year period ending on the date they’d begin their employment with the special counsel. Special counsels’ staff should be impartial and non-partisan — restricting their political donations is reasonable. Furthermore, restricting special counsels’ staffers from employment in the executive branch or DOJ positions they did not previously hold removes Presidents’ abilities to bribe or influence these individuals by offering them future employment. 8*14*18 ..... SneakyPete.
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    This is blatantly unconst. Why should someone's job have any impact on how they make private donations?
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    No, Citizens United should be reversed instead. The illegal shell company money that finds it way to political parties and campaigns should be stopped. All donations should be small and attached to a person registered to vote.
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    This bill won't accomplish its stated goal. A potential staffer who is willing to let their biases impact their work will do so whether they are also donating money or not. If someone has a record of behavior suggesting that partisan bias will be a problem then they should be disqualified, but donations alone are not sufficient evidence, and banning donations will not prevent other behaviors relating to bias.
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    This is ridiculous.
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    No. Dumb. Should every DA, every judge every cop not be able to do their job if they donate to the political party they affiliate with?
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    I’m pretty sure that these men and women can keep their feelings separate. They are professionals. You know if trumpie and his thugs were so innocent they surely don’t act like it not in even the slightest bit. They (trumpie and most republicans and some democrats) are so guilty of financial crimes, witness tampering, and god knows what else. They all stink of breaking the law. Just read their tweets.
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    Are the Thought Police next?
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